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St Jacobskerk (St James's Church), Antwerp

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  • It is well known that the Apostle Jacob, after he had been executed in Jerusalem this year, 44, was laid in a boat, as the angels easily and quickly led to the city in northwestern Spain, which later was called the Santiago Compostella. Jacob got a tremendous importance, both in connection with the fight to re-conquer Spain from the Moors and Christians everywhere in Europe. The flow of pilgrims to Santiago has been sustained through the centuries, and it still is. Sint-Jacobskerk was founded in 1431 as a chapel for pilgrims who came on foot from Northern Europe on their way to Saint Jacob city in Spain. In 1491 began construction of the present, late Gothic church. It was first completed in 1656, and its interior, which, of course, came to the last, which is why in the Baroque style. The plans for the Church knew no bounds. We would build the world's largest Gothic Cathedral. The tower would be 150 meters high and there should be no end on how great and wonderful everything was supposed to be. But how was it not at all. It reached about one-third of the planned. There is now no need to be sorry, for Sint-Jacobskerk is great and nice enough as it is. It is a Basilica with a high nave and two aisles with slightly lower lying parallel to the ceiling height. In the aisles there are also chapels for both sides. The Church is most famous for being the burial church of Peter Paul Rubens. Hendrick van Balen, but also painters Jan Boeck horst and Godfried Maes have their tombs in the Church. During the French revolution was Antwerp churches looted by Napoleon's troops. A quick-witted pastor in Sint-Jacobskerk, however, got on his Savant prevented his Church pictures and works of art were removed. Pastor Mortelmans lay down flat and declared himself fully agrees with everything Napoleon stood for. The wise fools the less wise. In the church you can see why a number of paintings and art objects, which has belonged to the House of Commons for centuries. But it squints to read who has painted the pictures. In the information material as guests in the Church may receive, says that the titles of the images seen on the various altars, but not which champions who have painted the images, and it is too bad. It does not, however, the visit to Sint-Jacobskerk to an inferior experience, and if you are interested in to see the old churches of Antwerp, hear a visit to Sint-Jacobskerk, with in the program.
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  • This church is located in a quiet part of the old historic town, a stone's throw away from the popular shopping street the Meir. She is open every day from 14:00 to 17:00 hours in the period april-October. The entrance fee is € 3.00, reductions according to age and/or activity. It is a late-Gothic church, with a rich Baroque decoration. There are a number of fine paintings by Jordaens and Rubens. Also some beautiful stained glass Windows are shown here. A beautiful church!
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  • It's a beautiful church with Gothic architecture and is close to the historic centre a little rundown.
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